US Capitol Police officer, 51, dies; trigger not launched
A U.S. Capitol Police officer died whereas off responsibility on Saturday, in accordance with an announcement launched by the regulation enforcement company chargeable for defending federal property in Washington.
Howard Liebengood, 51, had been with the division since 2005 and was assigned to the Senate Division, police mentioned. The division’s assertion didn’t say the reason for Liebengood’s dying.
It’s unclear if Liebengood was on the Capitol when pro-Trump rioters stormed the constructing. No less than one police officer was killed amid the riot; 4 different folks additionally died. Dozens of different officers had been injured within the assault.
“Our ideas and prayers exit to his household, pals, and colleagues,” the division mentioned in its assertion. “We ask that his household, and different USCP officers’ and their households’ privateness be revered throughout this profoundly troublesome time.”
– Matthew Brown
Doctor urges Congress members could have been uncovered to COVID in Capitol riot
Dr. Brian P. Monahan, the attending doctor for Congress, urged all elected officers and their workers to look at public well being measures and get examined for the coronavirus after probably being uncovered to somebody contaminated with COVID-19 whereas the Capitol was locked down throughout an armed incursion by pro-Trump rioters.
In the course of the assault, “many members of the Home neighborhood had been in protecting isolation in room situated in a big committee listening to house,” Monahan famous in an electronic mail.
“The time on this room was a number of hours for some and briefer for others. Throughout this time, people could have been uncovered to a different occupant with coronavirus an infection,” the doctor wrote.
No less than six Republican members of Congress refused to put on masks whereas in lockdown, even after Democratic colleagues pleaded with them. In a single video, Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., mentioned “I’m not making an attempt to get political right here,” whereas declining a masks provided by Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del.
“Please proceed your traditional each day coronavirus danger discount measures (each day symptom stock guidelines, masks put on, and social distancing). Moreover, people ought to acquire an RT-PCR coronavirus take a look at subsequent week as a precaution,” Monahan suggested.
The coronavirus pandemic continues to aggressively unfold throughout the US. The nation has reported over 370,000 deaths and greater than 22 million circumstances because the begin of the pandemic.
– Matthew Brown
Ballot: Majority needs Trump faraway from workplace earlier than inauguration
A majority of People now consider President Donald Trump ought to be faraway from workplace earlier than his time period ends on Jan. 20, when President-elect Joe Biden might be sworn in.
A new poll published Sunday by ABC Information/Ipsos discovered that 56% of these surveyed need Trump to be eliminated earlier than Inauguration Day. The next determine – 67% – blame the commander-in-chief for the riots in Washington this week that left 5 folks lifeless after a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol constructing, overpowering police and ransacking the advanced.
The chaotic incident adopted Trump’s “Save America Rally” in Washington, throughout which he informed his supporters to “cease the steal” of the election he misplaced to Biden. Trump urged them to go to the Capitol to display in opposition to Congress certifying Biden’s victory.
Home Democrats are making ready Monday to introduce articles of impeachment in opposition to Trump in reference to the riot. They accuse him of getting “gravely endangered the safety” of the U.S. and its establishments. It will likely be Trump’s second impeachment.
The ABC Information/Ipsos ballot discovered that almost all Democrats (94%) and a majority of independents (58%) consider Trump ought to be faraway from workplace; solely 13% of Republicans agree. Actually, 61% of Republicans consider Trump did nothing unsuitable.
– Kim Hjelmgaard
Sens. Manchin, Toomey name on Trump to resign
Senators Joe Manchin, D-W.V., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., each condemned Wednesday’s armed assault on the U.S. Capitol that left 5 folks lifeless and dozens injured and each senators mentioned they consider President Donald Trump has dedicated impeachable offenses.
The senators believed that Trump, who urged his supporters to “by no means concede,” “stroll right down to the Capitol” and “present energy,” inspired the violence and may resign.
“The president’s habits after the election was wildly totally different than his habits earlier than, he descended right into a stage of insanity and engaged in a stage of exercise that was simply completely unthinkable,” Toomey informed CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Manchin condemned fellow Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Josh Hawley, R-Mo., saying “I don’t understand how they’ll reside with themselves” when “folks have died due to their phrases and actions.” Each Cruz and Hawley led efforts to contest Congress’ official counting of the Electoral Faculty vote, a longshot transfer to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
Toomey expressed doubt on NBC Information’ “Meet the Press” that impeachment can be a possible punishment for Trump, noting it isn’t clear whether or not it may occur “after an individual has left workplace, which is what must occur right here.” Nonetheless, the senator additionally hopes “that the president has disqualified himself'” from profitable one other election by his phrases and actions.
Manchin mentioned through the Capitol assault, when congresspeople and aides had been beneath safe lockdown, he persuaded Senators Steve Daines, R-Mont., and James Lankford, R-Okla., to desert Cruz and never contest the outcome. Manchin urged Cruz and Hawley to do the identical, with no success.
“I most definitely consider there may be blood on their conscience, that’s for positive,” Manchin mentioned. “Eventually, somebody has bought to say, ‘This isn’t who we’re.’ Somebody has bought to talk fact to energy.”
– Matthew Brown
Ex-WH chief of workers Mulvaney: Capitol riot worse than different Trump controversies
Former White Home chief of workers Mick Mulvaney informed NBC Information’ “Meet the Press” TV present Sunday that he would not presently know “what is going on on contained in the Oval Workplace now” and “contained in the president’s head” following riots this week in Washington, D.C.
Mulvaney introduced his resignation Thursday as President Donald Trump’s particular envoy to Northern Eire after pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol constructing on Wednesday. Mulvaney was Trump’s former performing chief of workers.
Mulvaney mentioned Sunday that “folks took (Trump) actually” when he inspired his supporters to “cease the steal” and to go to the U.S. Capitol constructing to precise their dissatisfaction with the result of November’s presidential election, gained by Joe Biden.
“I by no means thought I might see that,” Mulvaney mentioned.
He mentioned the following riot was a “elementary risk to the US” and recounted an episode throughout Trump’s impeachment listening to final yr during which he informed the president, who was accused of witness tampering: “‘Mr. President, this can be a drawback & we have to repair it.’ He pushed again somewhat bit however then he … he pivoted.”
In a separate interview on Fox Information, Mulvaney appeared to defend the administration’s dealing with of earlier controversies that engulfed Trump’s White Home, arguing the storming of the Capitol was of a wholly totally different magnitude.
“I believe all people acknowledges that what occurred on Wednesday is totally different,” Mulvaney informed “Fox Information Sunday” host Chris Wallace. He mentioned earlier controversies “had been coverage variations, a lot of them had been stylistic. Wednesday was existential.”
Mulvaney dodged a query on whether or not he supported using the twenty fifth Modification, used to do away with an incapacitated or unfit president, to take away Trump from workplace.
“I believe the twenty fifth Modification (is) a slipshod instrument. We have by no means used it beneath these circumstances. We usually use it every time a president goes by a medical process,” he mentioned.
– Kim Hjelmgaard
Kellyanne Conway condemns armed riot at US Capitol
Former Senior White Home Assistant Kellyanne Conway condemned the armed invasion of the US Capitol on Wednesday by pro-Trump rioters.
“Do not avert your eyes & do not excuse this,” Conway mentioned on Twitter of a report compiling haunting footage of the assaults. “The extra we see & study, the more serious it’s.”
“The occasions had been outrageous and inexcusable. Democracy depends on dissent, not destruction. On this nation, variations of opinions are resolved by displaying up on the poll field, not by storming the barricade,” Conway mentioned in an announcement Thursday.
Conway managed President Donald Trump’s 2016 marketing campaign and was a senior White Home adviser when Trump took workplace, sticking by the president by nearly your entire tumult of his first time period. Conway left the Trump administration in August 2020 after a public feud along with her daughter within the media.
The previous aide’s feedback come because the Trump administration is roiling in its final days in workplace. Former and present aides have expressed fear about their involvement within the administration, whereas others have additionally condemned the Capitol assault or resigned from their posts.
Conway has continued to precise help for the president, regardless of the Capitol assault.
“The thugs from yesterday are chargeable for their very own actions,” Conway mentioned. “They do not symbolize the thousands and thousands of Trump voters, or the huge ‘MAGA’ motion; they insult them.”
– Matthew Brown
Pence to attend Biden’s inauguration
Vice President Mike Pence will attend the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, whilst President Donald Trump intends to skip it.
The choice got here a day after Trump introduced he would decline to look at his successor sworn-in, breaking with greater than 150 years of custom. A supply aware of the choice talking on the situation of anonymity confirmed Pence’s anticipated attendance.
Pence is going through appreciable blowback from some Trump supporters – and vital reward from others – for defying the president’s demand that he one way or the other reject the outcomes of the election as Congress met Wednesday to rely Electoral Faculty votes and formalized Biden’s win. Regardless of Trump’s protestations, Pence famous he had no energy to reject the votes.
Biden dismissed Trump’s resolution to not attend the inauguration, telling reporters on Friday that it was “one of many few issues he and I ever agreed on.” However of Pence, Biden mentioned that he was “welcome to come back” and that he’d “be honored to have him there.”
– John Fritze